Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

The NAEH Issues Brief on Using ESG Program to Fund Rapid Re-Housing

The Alliance has published the first in a series of briefs that are meant to provide information on how to take advantage of federal programs to fund rapid re-housing.
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Homes Within Reach 2014: Presenter Resources

A selection of presenter submitted resources from Homes Within Reach 2014 presentations.

Regulated tent cities for homeless pondered but improbable in Pennsylvania

Most fair housing and homeless in Pennsylvania– and nationally– support a housing-first model.
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It's Official! Department of Public Welfare now the Department of Human Services

On Monday, Nov. 24, HHS Secretary Bev Mackereth conducted a ceremony to mark the official name change.
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